Places of Interest to Visit

Within a short distance of Little Laight Cottage, you'll find plenty of places of interest to visit including picturesque towns and villages, castles, churches, places of historical interest and much more besides. Use our interactive map to find out exactly where all of these places are located.

Castles, Ruins, and History website is useful for information on ruins such as Glenluce Abbey, Crossraguel Abbey, Dunskey Castle.

Northern Ireland

Ireland is so close some guests enjoy a day trip to Belfast on either the Stena or the P & O Ferry.

Galloway Forest Park

Bruce's Stone at Galloway Forest Park

Bruce's Stone at Galloway Forest Park © FCS

You'll find an amazing selection of trails ranging from gentle loch and burnside strolls through to mountain adventures on the regions two highest peaks; Merrick (2,766 ft) and Cairnsmore of Fleet (2,333 ft).

The 300sq mile Galloway Forest Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is just a short drive from the cottage.

Galloway Forest Park is also a designated Dark Sky Park with some of the darkest skies in Europe - a dream location for star gazers and astronomers.

Dark Sky Logo © Gallowayforestpark

There are regular Dark Sky events held in the region or simply take yourself, and your telescope, to one the many star gazing locations in the region.

Towns & Villages


Stranraer (5 miles) is the regions second largest town and was once the major ferry port to/from Belfast and Larne in Northern Ireland.

Stranraer has all major amenities; there are three supermarkets and high street shopping and a wide range of local produce, arts and crafts, cafes, restaurants and public houses.

Stranraer also has doctors surgeries, dental practices, a chemist, hospital, police station and fire station.

Dining at Portpatrick © South West Images

Dining at Portpatrick © South West Images

Portpatrick (10 miles) is a picturesque coastal town on the far west coast of Dumfries & Galloway. Historically the main port between Ireland and Scotland it has been home to the region's life-boat station and rescue boat for over 130 years and still operates as a harbour for sailing and fishing boats.

The Mull of Galloway
Mull of Galloway © D&G Tourist Board

Mull of Galloway © D&G Tourist Board

The Mull of Galloway (25 miles) is Scotland's most southerly point and offers wonderful views to the Isle of Man, the Lake District in England, Ireland and Scotland. You can also climb the 115 steps to the top of the Lighthouse, one of three Robert Stevenson lighthouses in the region, and enjoy the exhibition of Lighthouse history. The area is also an RSPB Nature Reserve offering superb bird watching opportunities. If you're lucky you'll also see porpoises and dolphins.

Wigtown Book Festival © Colin Tenant

Wigtown Book Festival © Colin Tenant

Wigtown (35 miles) is Scotland's National Book Town and, as well as book and book related events and activities throughout the year not to mention the number of book shops there are to explore, hosts the Wigtown Book Festival; a 10 day celebration of books and literature at the end of September into early October.

Just a mile or two further on from Wigtown you'll find the small village of Bladnoch; home to Scotland's most southerly whisky distillery which, as well as producing a fine lowland Scottish whisky, has a visitor centre where you can sample whisky and find the perfect gift to take home to remind you of your holiday in South West Scotland.

Scotland’s most southerly distillery nestles on the green banks of the River Bladnoch. See or call 01988 402 605 for more details.

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